Last post September 14, 2008 23:03 PM by priyanka. 1 repiles.
Dear All, We are an IT company and allot of our consultants are deputed at the client place. We want to generate a feeling of belongings and loyalty in the employee who are deputed at the client place, as they never come to office the directly go to the client place. So I wanted to make a news letter so that we can be in touch with them on a regularly bases and hey also come to know that the company is doing well. This would be a weekly news letter can HR Guru's suggest what should be in the letter or send me some format of the news letter. I would be appreciate if you can mail me the format of suggestions Regards, Ankur Shah
Dear Ankur, Good Morning. First this is to salute your sensitivity towards your team members that you feel the need to connect them to the organization they are working for. For the overall growth and commitment towards the orgnization , for the upgroth of both the company as well as the employee, the connection is very important. Your idea about the newsletter is great and i am sure with your own kind of creative inputs you will be able to achieve what you are aiming at. Here are some of my suggestions, hope you like them. 1. The newsletter should aim at your employees first and organization next. 2. Talk about things that they would love to read. for this do a little bit of informal brainstorming with your team. 3. Design out framework about various categories you wish to have in the newsletter like achivements, technical upgardations in the company, new members in the organization or some good news like marriage or new born. 4. Talk about various developments happening in the industry and where is your organization standing. 5. There should be some roll of honour where you give appreciation to the member of the team who has been long doing some very good work. 6. Also there should be some peice of inspirational words from the haed of the team towards the team members . 7. Talk about various innovations or creative measures the organization is going to take up in near future. 8. Keep te newsletter fortnightly or monthly. Weekly is little too close. With very best wishes and warm regards Rahul Mishra
Hi Ankur, Great initiative, your idea for an inhouse magazine/newsletter! And one that would definitely go a long way in improving morale and increasing (today’s much-sought-after commodity) employee engagement… Just a few broad thoughts on what to keep in mind while embarking on this (I’ll try and keep it as brief as possible)… Management buy-in Format: Print v/s electronic Frequency Budgets Structure and Content Content and editorial teams Design Production Distribution
Management buy-in: The first challenge is getting Management buy-in, right at the very top. This means a serious commitment from the CEO/MD, backed up by a mail from him/her to the senior executives and group heads, announcing the launch of the mag and urging them to cooperate fully and contribute thru their teams. Also, a commitment to provide a “From the CEO’s Desk” piece for each issue. Format (Print v/s electronic): The print medium is expensive, but has a much longer shelf-life, and can be read outside the office (few people have the time or inclination to read in the office), which increases visibility/publicity. It also can be shared with family and friends, which also increases visibility/publicity, while getting some amount of family involvement/buy-in in the organisation (the latter is an important “hook” in retaining the employee, as a family that’s comfy with the company wouldn’t encourage him to leave). The electronic medium has definite cost advantages, but lesser scope of being read (especially when the employee’s work already involves spending hours with eyes glued to the comp-screen). Also, with most of your employees at client sites, internet access might be an issue, for your employees to get the emailed newsletter or to access a portal where the pages are hosted. One other aspect: email puts constraints on your content and design. Also, with email being an instantaneous medium, the expectation on you would be to provide more current news, within hours (or a day or two, at most) of the event happening; this would be extremely difficult in the early stages, unless you have a strong and dedicated team of contributors. Frequency: Go for a monthly; it would be far more sustainable in the long-term. Weekly is ambitious (even if you are considering an email newsletter). If you are keen on doing a weekly, opt for a limited edition (half a dozen brief news items, with a couple of announcements about upcoming events, that’s all); however, you’ll need the support of a robust team to pull it off successfully. Budgets: Based on what format you opt for. Electronic would involve only design costs. Print would incur design, processing-printing, and distribution (courier) costs. Structure and Content: Contents list; Editorial (capturing the highlights of the issue, and sometimes “motivational”); From the CEO’s Desk; HR section (covering HR-related info and events); Corporate news; Tech pieces; Project/team news; Events coverage; Leisure section. We can explode these into further segments later. You could also look at including sections like Quality etc, as well as bringing out special supplements (as and when required) on various groups/events/initiatives. Content and editorial teams: Your content team would include people on the ground – working on various projects/teams but volunteering to seek and send information/articles on what’s happening at their locations. Your editorial team would be professionals who would rewrite, edit, proof-read, oversee design and production. Distribution can be handled in tandem with your Despatch/Mailroom section. Design: Best to outsource this to an external agency, unless you already have a competent design team inhouse. Production: Outsource to external agency. Provide specifications and get quotes from 3-5 different vendors; then go with what suits you best. Distribution: Let Admin (Mailroom/Despatch section) handle this. You would provide them with the mailing list – find out from your various locations how many copies they would need, and periodically update these as the numbers increase (monthly should be fine). Hope this is of some help. All the very best.